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The Pata Rata rubbish dump outside the city of Cluj in Romania will close in 2015 . 
Photo: Jens Petter Søraa, Adresseavisen.The Pata Rata rubbish dump outside the city of Cluj in Romania will close in 2015 . Photo: Jens Petter Søraa, Adresseavisen

EUR 20 million for fighting poverty in Romania

Last updated: 04.02.2015 // An additional EUR 20 million of the Norway Grants is to be used to fight poverty in Romania, with particular focus on regions with a large number of Roma people.

'Romania faces serious challenges relating to poverty and social exclusion, particularly among the Roma people. This is why we are allocating funds from the Norway Grants to improve their living conditions,’ said Vidar Helgesen, Minister for EEA and EU Affairs.

Romania is one of the poorest countries in the EU. More than 40 % of its population, or around nine million people, are at risk of poverty according to Eurostat. In particular, a large number of Roma do not have access to adequate education, health and other social services.

There are no simple, fast solutions. This programme aims to lift people out of poverty in the long term through education opportunities, including vocational training, and health and other social services.

‘We will draw on expertise from organisations such as the World Bank and Unicef, and make use of experience gained in other projects, but new approaches will also be tried out,’ said Mr Helgesen.

The projects that will be funded under the programme are targeted at children, young people, parents, the unemployed, the public authorities and NGOs. Funding will also be used for awareness-raising campaigns to combat discrimination and promote tolerance in the Romanian society.

More information: Read the full story and watch a video about the project

See also: EEA and Norway Grants official website

 

 

 

 


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